Livestock show’s 77th year highlighted by sold-out rodeos

MERCEDES — What a difference the weather makes.

Sam Magee, general manager of the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show, expressed as much yesterday as he and the RGVLS staff worked to wrap up the 77th annual event.

Pointing to the relatively dry conditions and cool breezes that created an ideal climate for the weeklong festivities, Magee said, “It’s amazing how weather can change things,” in reference to last year’s downpours creating muddied grounds that may have affected attendance.

That was not the case this year, he said, as Saturday’s PRCA Rodeo and accompanying bull riding, barrel racing and mutton bustin’ events attracted a sold-out crowd. Wednesday’s Xtreme Bull Riding also proved to be a popular attraction, according to Magee.

Though final attendance numbers are still being calculated, Magee expressed confidence in this year’s event drawing more people to the show grounds, where as many as 300,000 have attended in the past. And livestock entries may have exceeded the 5,600 that have participated in recent years, he said.

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